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Trade Paperback
144 pages
Feb 2004

Live Full, Die Empty

by Rick Godwin

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Rick Godwin’s Live Full, Die Empty is a short, easy-to-read book about being present in life and completing your God-given task, whatever that may be. Using Bible passages, stories, and confessions—a short prayer or confessional passages for the reader to recite—this book aims at being practical.

Pastor and founder of a mega-church, Rick Godwin writes in simplistic fashion. Each chapter begins with a brief exhortation signed by the author and ends with “Amazing Keys to Your Potential.” Essentially this is a book about potential: God’s and your own.

In one of the hardest hitting passages, Godwin writes, “Upon discovering your true potential, you become a problem to society. You can no longer be manipulated. You can no longer be controlled. The ‘new you’ has experienced a revelation: You know what God wants to do with you. That makes you a problem because you’re no longer hindered by other people’s opinions. Potential is dangerous because others can’t always see it.”

The great failing of this book is its shoddy editing. If you can overlook problematic diction, unclear pronoun references, and awkward sentences, then you might be able to mine the gems from Godwin’s message. The simplistic nature in which the material is presented is also a challenge. Laden with clichés, overused metaphors, and examples most likely available in pastor’s books of illustrations, the message is lost in the mundane. New Christians or those who don’t mind Christian-ese might enjoy this book. -- Suzanne Rae Deshchidn, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

God has put a lot more in you than you are living out. Live fully with nothing left to give when you die. Rick Godwin will show you how.